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[UPDATE] Prison Employees Placed on Leave After Inmate Brawl

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

UPDATE by Candace Sweat

A third arrest has been made in connection to a prison brawl in Jefferson County.

Jefferson Correctional Officer Captain David Pate turned himself in today 12-16 and faces felony charges against a detainee after allegedly enticing an inmate to assault another prisoner to get favorable treatment.

Correctional Officer Sgt. Robert Hall and Officer Waymond Pugh were arrested Wednesday for the same charges.

The investigation in November after an anonymous call into a"Tips" Line. FDLE says all three men are in the process of being terminated.

Gretl Plessinger, Department of Correction, says, "To have one inmate beat up another inmate as retribution for starting a fight is unlawful. So these officers have been arrested and they now face felony charges."

Four more employees are on leave for their alleged involvement in the incident. A spokesperson from the DOC says more arrests could be made soon.

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UPDATE 12-16-2010
DC Inspector General’s Office: Three Correctional Officers Arrested

Jefferson County, FL - Jefferson Correctional Officer Captain David Pate, Jefferson Correctional Officer Sgt. Robert Hall and Jefferson Correctional Officer Waymond Pugh were arrested Wednesday, on felony charges of official misconduct and battery upon a detainee after allegedly enticing an inmate to assault another prisoner for favorable treatment by these correctional officers at Jefferson Correctional Institution.

The Department of Corrections Inspector Generals Office arrested Hall and Pugh. Pate turned himself in on a Department of Corrections warrant.

The Department’s Inspector General’s Office began the investigation in November after receiving an anonymous call into the IG “Tips” Line. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement assisted in the investigation.

“I’m pleased that the “Tips” line we have in place brought this incident to light, and I encourage others to use this anonymous reporting mechanism to relate criminal or fraudulent activity to prison authorities,” said the Department of Corrections’ Inspector General Gene Hatcher.

The “TIPS” line can be accessed from inmate phones within all Department facilities by dialing *8477 (TIPS), or by those outside prison walls by dialing toll-free 1-866-246-4412. Calls are monitored daily by the Department's Office of the Inspector General.

Pate, Hall and Pugh are being immediately terminated and we are working with The Office of the State Attorney to ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

This incident remains under investigation by the Florida Department of Corrections, Office of Inspector General.

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UPDATE 12-15-2010

DC Inspector General’s Office Arrests Two Correctional Officers

Jefferson County, FL - Jefferson Correctional Officer Sgt. Robert Hall and Officer Waymond Pugh were arrested today (12/15/10) on felony charges of official misconduct and battery upon a detainee after allegedly enticing an inmate to assault another prisoner for favorable treatment by these correctional officers at Jefferson Correctional Institution.

The Department’s Inspector General’s Office began the investigation in November after receiving an anonymous call into the IG “Tips” Line. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement assisted in the investigation.

“I’m pleased that the “Tips” line we have in place brought this incident to light, and I encourage others to use this anonymous reporting mechanism to relate criminal or fraudulent activity to prison authorities,” said the Department of Corrections’ Inspector General Gene Hatcher.

The “TIPS” line can be accessed from inmate phones within all Department facilities by dialing *8477 (TIPS), or by those outside prison walls by dialing toll-free 1-866-246-4412. Calls are monitored daily by the Department's Office of the Inspector General.

Hall and Pugh are being immediately terminated and we are working with The Office of the State Attorney to ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

This incident remains under investigation by the Florida Department of Corrections, Office of Inspector General.

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A spokesperson from the Department of Corrections says they are investigating a fight that took place between two inmates at the

Jefferson County Correctional Facility last week.

D.O.C is not releasing a lot of information, but says there is no evidence to suggest the fight was organized.

However, seven employees at the facility have been placed on leave due to allegations that they did not follow proper procedure during the fight.

FDLE is also looking into the incident as well, and we hope to know more later this week.


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